As the impact of excess vehicle use is increasingly felt in our cities and towns - rush hour jams, traffic accidents, suburban sprawl, road rage, tax dollars for road building and repair, dying city centres, poor air quality - public transit systems are being recognized as important to community vibrancy and growth.
Transit-use benefits can have a far-reaching impact on our local economy. Public transportation systems spur millions of dollars of economic activity through jobs created, sales and purchases, and the economic activity of transit riders. The more people that ride the bus, the less traffic congestion produced which increases mobility for all. Public transit connects people to jobs, medical centres, shopping areas, schools, recreation facilities and tourist sites. Transit provides independence for our seniors, disabled and youth. It enables those with lower incomes to access increased opportunities and a better quality of life.
Public transit is an inexpensive, safe, efficient and important method for moving citizens. In Peterborough, public transit systems are available for both local and intercity travel.